Triangle Region’s first Open Street Map “Mapping Party” October 2nd

Triangle Region’s first Open Street Map “Mapping Party” October 2nd

Who:   You, or anyone else you know who’s “into” maps. It’s open to all.

What:  The Triangle’s first OpenStreetMap (OSM) “Mapping Party”

Where: TBD – At least different 3 places around the Research Triangle Park area.

When:  Saturday Oct 2 and/or Sunday Oct 3 (you don’t have to do both)

Why:   Because it is fun.

What is OpenStreetMap?  In a nutshell, the “wikipedia” of online maps.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners%27_Guide

What is a “Mapping Party”? A bunch of people who like maps get
together and map various areas and aspects of their community.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mapping_party

It’s not just street center lines that are mapped. You can map many different
types of ‘local infrastructure’ things, and even non-tangible things, such
as address locations. As an example, the DC OSM community has gone into
great detail mapping all kinds of stuff at the DC Zoo
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=38.92952&lon=-77.04826&zoom=17&layers=M

An article about the huge city-wide “mapathon” in Atlanta last fall.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8305924.stm
Note: We don’t aspire for the RTP mapping party to become that large.

Do you need to have a GPS receiver to participate? NO
Cloudmade and the NCSU Library are going to have loaners available.
If you’d rather not use a GPS, you can use “Walking Papers”.
What are “Walking Papers”? Seehttp://walking-papers.org

There’s a page in the OSM wiki set up for the event, which
will be fleshed out with more detail in the coming weeks.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Raleigh,NC

There is an editable sign-up sheet at OpenEtherPad if you’re interested
in joining the party. You can also enter suggestions for places to map.
http://openetherpad.org/8Wej4CTEwu

If you need more details, you can contact any of us:

Steven Johnsonsejohnson8@gmail.com
Matt Sumnermatt_sumner@ncsu.edu
Jeff Essicjeff_essic@ncsu.edu
Paul Blackpblack@tjcog.org
Julia Harrelljuliaharrell@mindspring.com

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